Kristen Ullrich is a graduate of Boston College as well as the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. After spending 20 years in the corporate world she decided to follow her passion for fitness and in January 2014 opened Southern Rhode Island's first Barre studio and athletic apparel boutique - BarreCoast. In November 2014 BarreCoast opened a second studio room dedicated exclusively to yoga. In September 2015 BarreCoast launched it's ecommerce efforts bringing the retail boutique online. And in July of 2016 expanded again adding TRX.
Kristen is Barre certified through the YogaWorks BarWorks program and has since worked with Jocelyn Kay-Levy to develop BarreCoast's own specific barre certification. Kristen began practicing yoga in 1998 while living in California. She received her asthanga yoga teaching certification with David Swenson in 2001 and completed her power yoga training with North East Power Yoga in 2012. She has also participated in ongoing workshops with teachers such as Ana Forrest, Rolf Gates, Kino McGregor, Shiva Rea, Coeli Marsh and Philip Urso. In the past Kristen has also taught aerobics, step and muscle conditioning classes.
You'll find Kristen's classes to be motivating and challenging yet welcoming for all fitness levels.
Leanne is trained in Stott Pilates Method and has been teaching Pilates for 6 years at Luxe Fitness in Westerly. Leanne started teaching a small group at John Ward Physical Therapy in Charlestown, RI in 2009 and many students from that group are still practicing with her to this day.
Leanne also holds a certification as a PIYO instructor which incorporates a Pilates and Yoga mix and enjoys attending trainings to add to her repertoire. Barre is a mix of all of Leanne’s favorite forms of exercise combined into one intense, amazing workout.
Hillari is a certified Barre Fitness instructor through the BarWorks teacher training program. She is also a Spin instructor certified through Madd Dog Athletics and teaches at Luxe Fitness Clubs in Westerly.
Born and raised right in Westerly, Hillari has been highly involved in fitness for most of her life. Hillari also brings with her 16 years of experience in tap, jazz and ballet.
When she is not at the gym, or instructing classes, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, cooking and going for walks with her dog, Zeus!
In 2014 Heather became both a certified Barre instructor through BarreCoast and a RYT 200 yoga instructor through North East Power Yoga.
When not in the studio Heather enjoys walks on the beach with her dog Lucy and spending time with her husband Rob and children Sterling and Skylar.
Heather has personally experienced many positive changes to body, mind and spirit through her yoga and barre practice. She is an energetic and motivating teacher who looks forward to sharing her passion!
Dori is certified in Barre Fitness through the BarreCoast training program led by Jocelyn Kay-Levy. Dori began teaching group fitness classes at Providence College in 2005 and is certified through the Aerobics and Fitness Association of America. She is certified as a personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise and certified as a spin instructor through Madd Dog Athletics.
She is also a personal trainer and teaches spin and Group X classes at Luxe Fitness. In her spare time enjoys spending time with her dog, jogging, and relaxing on the beach. Dori has enjoyed watching BarreCoast grow since its opening and is excited to be a part of such a welcoming exercise community!
Kris has always been a strong believer in physical health, nutrition and a spiritual practice. She began teaching fitness in 1982 at the John Harris Fitness Center in Vienna, Austria and went on to teach for years in Florida and Rhode Island. Kris started practicing yoga in 1998 and teacher training in 2002.
Kris has 240 RYS hours of teacher training with Baron Baptiste, completing Level I, Level II and Baptiste’s Mastery in Teaching. She is currently working toward her certification with BPYI. Kris also has had extensive training with Rodney and Colleen Yee, Richard, Ana Forrest and Sean Corne. Further, she has completed training workshops with Shiva Rea, John Friend, Dharma Mittra, Sally Kempton (meditation), Ajahn Thanasanti (meditation) and Gina Sharpe (meditation).
Krystal teaches energetic and lighthearted vinyasa flow classes, inspired by Shiva Rea’s Prana Flow® Yoga. She is constantly moved by what a yoga practice can do for a person, both on and off the mat, and feels honored to be a student and teacher of the flow.
Krystal is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and completed her 200 hour Teacher Training with Sid McNairy of Lifeline Power Yoga (now SidYoga) and Dechen Zezulka of the Mystic Yoga Shala. She is in the last stages of completing the 500-hr Shiva Rea Prana Flow® Teacher Training with Senior Teacher Coral Brown and Debbie Valois.
In addition to yoga, Krystal also has great passion for the ocean, animals (especially border collies!) and maritime history. Please join her on your mat and always remember that yoga is a practice, not a perfect!
Three years ago, Sara Kimball decided she wanted her kids to remember her for her smile. So every day when she got on her mat, in every pose, she practiced finding her smile. Sara loves that asana practice is a blank canvas on which you can create your heart's desire, starting with the physical body.
One of the most important values in Sara's life is showing up. When she teaches, she wants to break things down into actionable, adaptable steps to show you how you can always start, no matter what level of experience, strength or flexibility you have at this moment.
Sara was trained to teach during the North East Power Yoga's 200 hour teacher training in 2012.
When she's not at the studio, Sara's home with her family in Mystic, CT, reading, writing or walking. Sometimes she surfs, when she remembers to take her own advice: show up, smile, and see what happens...
"On the mat and off, be playful, be curious. Take the time to notice the beauty around you. And always leave a place better than you found it. Namaste!"
Jenny received her Bachelor of Science from the University of Rhode Island and became BarreCoast certified in 2014. Jenny works in the corporate world and finds working out helps to keep her balanced. She has had a love of fitness her entire adult life; yoga, running, spinning, weight lifting... and is always up to trying something new!
Two things Jenny loves are music and fitness making barre a perfect fit! When not working Jenny enjoys spending time with her husband, family and friends.
Kimberly received her Bachelor of Science from James Madison University in Dance and Graphic Design. She became BarreCoast certified in 2016 and is pumped to be a part of the team. In her classes, you can expect to get your sweat on with a side of comedy and rockin' playlists to keep you going.
When she's not at barre or working on our graphics she is spending time by the ocean with son Clarke, husband Michael and Bear's friend, Haskell.
Lauren is a nature enthusiast who is always up for an adventure. She grew up in Cape May County New Jersey where she first found yoga. At first yoga was a new way for her to exercise. It became much more meaningful once she began to experience the benefits of yoga transition from her mat into her daily life. Lauren strongly believes that everyone can benefit from yoga, “it is a tool that can be taken with you where ever you go”. Lauren teaches classes at Renegade Fitness in addition to paddle board yoga through New England Science & Sailing.
When Lauren is not at the gym or the studio she can be found hiking, snorkeling, paddle boarding, combing the beach or on a boat. Lauren is a 200hr certified yoga instructor through Live Love Teach at Rhode Island Power Yoga. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Stockton University and continues to study the human body. Lauren works at a local Physical Therapy clinic in addition to coaching Narragansett high school lacrosse.
In May 2014, Christina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Communications with a concentration in Speech and Hearing Sciences from Rhode Island College. It was here where she deepened her desire to help people reform their lives. A month prior to that, she became part of the BarreCoast family and currently works as the studio operations manager and TRX instructor. If you don’t know Christina for her baked goods, you may know her for her very vocal admiration of fitness professional Shaun T. His ways of addressing his audience and approaching exercise transformed her, causing her to fall in love with the motivating aspect of the fitness world and how powerful it can truly be. She feels fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try and project the same sort of motivation, passion, and commitment in others’ lives that she has found in hers. Christina is excited to be on this journey in such a supportive environment such as BarreCoast.
If Christina is not in the studio, chances are she’s baking in her kitchen or soaking up the sun at her family’s cabana.
Justine Miller is an E-RYT 200 yoga instructor, certified Barre instructor though BarreCoast and is currently working toward her 500-hour Ayurvedic Yoga Teacher certification and Life Coach certification. Justine’s training at the Kripalu School of Yoga and Ayurveda has allowed her to teach from an intuitivee and knowledgeable place. Her creative sequencing and love for the practice of yoga empowers her students to find the divine in every day life. Combining the science of life, or Ayurveda, into her yoga teaching supports her students in feeling balanced and in harmony with themselves and nature. Off the mat and out of the office, you can find Justine swimming in the ocean, walking through the woods or making vegan carrot cake.
Valerie's yoga journey started in 2002 with the birth of her first son. Her focus has been inspired by the yoga philosophies of Baron Baptiste. After years of practice in hot Baptiste classes, she was fortunate to spend time training directly with Baron in 2011.
With over 300 hours of registered yoga teacher training, she now delivers classes designed to strengthen and relax all levels of practitioners, mind body and spirit. She believes in the incredible gift that a yoga practice can bring into your life. Today she continues to share her love of the practice with you.
Krista recently moved to the Mystic/Stonington area from New York City where she lived for seven years working in the fashion industry, She received her 200 hour RYT from Sonic Yoga, NYC. Currently, Krista is in the process of finishing her tier one Baptiste Certification and is working on her 300 hour yoga teaching certification with Elizabeth Johnstone at Recovery Yoga. She completed Level One training with Baron Baptiste in Sedona, Arizona as well as Art of Assisting, and Level Two with Paige Eleisonfounder of Africa Yoga Project. Krista loves what the Baptiste methodology stands for: being in alignment with your true, authentic self creates abundance for all you desire in life. When she’s not on the mat, she loves exploring New England!
Zack began his martial arts journey at the age of 3. Since then he's trained in different styles of martial arts such as Tang Soo Do, Western Boxing, Sanda (Chinese Kickboxing), Wushu, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu and more. Additionally, he also trained in gymnastics as a child and studied dance for several years before competing in styles such as hip hop, break dancing and ballet. What supports Zack as being a life long dedicated martial artist and dancer, is his extensive knowledge of the human body. Zack completed a two year course at Branford hall as a personal trainer and is a 200hr yoga teacher from the Kripalu school of Yoga and Ayurveda. He has competed in Wrestling, Jiu Jitsu and Tang Soo Do, fought in China and trained with Shaolin monks at Shaolin Temple.
Bear is BarreCoast's Chief People Officer and head of Public Relations. With a wag and a woof, he enjoys jumping up to greet all guests and making everyone feel welcome! When not working at BarreCoast, Bear enjoys being anywhere with mom; especially taking long walks on the beach. Bear looks forward to seeing you at BarreCoast soon!